At the beginning of March this year, had anyone told us that we’d be staring at a 9+ week lockdown, we’d like to think that we’d have never believed that such an eventuality would have come to pass.
And yet, it has.
The road back to normal after the coronavirus lockdown has passed is likely to be a tricky one. For one thing, a pandemic of this scale is unprecedented in modern times. Millions of people have been suddenly forced to work from home, even those who had never been in this situation before.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has pulled the brakes on work and life as we know it. Organisations of every size and type have had to shift to working remotely at extremely short notice, whether they were ready for it or not.
While the ongoing coronavirus crisis has shuttered a lot of small businesses, others like the neighbourhood kirana (grocery) stores and chemists are having their moment in the spotlight.
What can you do as a small business to first survive and then thrive?
The novel coronavirus crisis has put a whole new spin on “think global, act local.” There is a lot to be learned from how companies around the globe are reacting with respect to people, processes and business.
Some crises are sudden and explosive, and some can be seen materialising from a distance, yet can’t be stopped for various reasons. No series on crisis management is complete without at least a word on the most effective way to manage a crisis: prevent it from happening in the first place.
Running a business is not easy. There are a number of variables floating around on any given day that can affect how things flow. Having policies, procedures and rules in place, and hiring smartly helps the business grow with lesser snafus. Yet, there are ticking timebombs!
No climb up the corporate ladder is without innumerable assessments and feedback sessions. Now that you’ve made it to the upper rungs, you may find that less feedback and criticism is coming your way. One of the perks of being the top boss, right? Or is it?
As organizational psychologist Adam Grant puts it, “Big groups are where creativity goes to die.”
We’ve all heard the saying about too many cooks. It's time to admit that brainstorming is not all that it is cracked up to be.
This is a post inspired by our new favourite read: "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott, a NY Times bestseller.
Kim Scott brings her vast experience building teams at Apple and Google to segment the different kinds of bosses and pin down exactly the kind of boss one should aspire to be.
Workplaces value and promote collaboration within teams, but in many cases, expectation does not meet reality. Teams may not demonstrate the expected levels of cooperation.
Or they may start out well but not sustain the momentum over the natural course of a project. We look at some of the pitfalls and some successful strategies to sustain and enhance collaboration among teams.
All the best-laid plans only last as long as the first domino falls. In teams, even one person lagging behind or feeling unengaged can pull the whole collective down. Needless to say, teams that communicate well have the best chance at thriving. Collaboration in teams is only possible if every stakeholder is ready to share and delegate effectively.
Workplaces value and promote collaboration within teams but in many cases, the expectation does not meet reality. Teams may not demonstrate the expected levels of cooperation and teamwork. Or they may start out well but not sustain the momentum over the natural course of a project.
What can you do to help?
This December, RainKraft turned four.
Four years of doing meaningful work, supporting individuals and companies alike with learning strategies, content, coaching and consulting... the heart is full. This year also marks the completion of two years since we started the RainKraft blog. We love digging deep into one idea, looking at it from different perspectives and keeping it simple for you.
Simply put, employee engagement is the precise opposite of “physically present, mentally absent.” It means that employees are happy with their role, productive, and present in the here and now, with all their faculties engaged and focused on work.
So, why does this feel like such a big ask most of the time?